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Bills Offense Shows Signs of Life While Jets Offense Sputters in First Half

Monday, November 24th, 2014
Robert Woods has come up big so far in Detroit for the Bills. (Photo: Andrew Weber — USA Today Sports)

Robert Woods has come up big so far in Detroit for the Bills. (Photo: Andrew Weber — USA Today Sports)

BBD Editor: Dan Hope

Coming into Monday night’s game against the Buffalo Bills in Detroit, the New York Jets ranked 31st in the NFL in yards per game and 30th in points per game. That might not change by the end of the night if the first half was any indication.

The Jets offense has avoided the turnovers that defined its first game against the Bills this year, but only by luck. Jets quarterback Michael Vick has had at least four passes go off of Bills defenders that each could have been intercepted.

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2014 NFL Week 2: Buffalo Bills vs. Miami Dolphins, Live Analysis

Sunday, September 14th, 2014
Defensive tackle Marcell Dareus (No. 99) and slot cornerback Nickell Robey (No. 37) had reasons to celebrate their play Sunday. (Photo: Robert Mayer — USA Today Sports)

The Bills swept the Dolphins in 2013. Can they extend their winning streak over Miami to three? (Photo: Robert Mayer — USA Today Sports)

BBD Assistant Editor: Ryan Talbot

Final thoughts:

Buffalo was dominant in their home opener over the Miami Dolphins winning 29-10. Offensively, EJ Manuel was efficient for the second straight week, and while the running game struggled, C.J. Spiller was able to rip off one long 47 yard run.

Miami came out in the second half behind 9-0 and made some terrific adjustments. After Miami scored on their first possession of the second half, Buffalo responded via special teams. Spiller returned a kickoff 102 yards. After two or three impressive drives, Miami fizzled out.

Sammy Watkins was the star of the game among Buffalo’s playmakers. He was targeted 11 times and caught 8 passes for 117 yards and a touchdown. It was Watkins’ first NFL touchdown and first 100 yard game in his young career.

On the line, Seantrel Henderson performed well against Cameron Wake. He received TE help but did had a terrific game.

Defensively, Buffalo’s line recorded sacks and batted passes. It was a terrific performance from the front four.

Nigel Bradham looked outstanding in his first game of the season and had quite a few impressive hits. The run defense held Miami to 80 yards rushing.

All in all, a great week for the Bills. Next up? The San Diego Chargers.

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2014 NFL Preseason Week 4: Live Analysis of Buffalo Bills vs. Detroit Lions

Thursday, August 28th, 2014
Jim Schwartz's defense has gotten the better of Nathaniel Hackett's offense in the first few days of training camp. (Photo: Kevin Hoffman — USA Today Sports)

Defensive coordinator Jim Schwartz and the Buffalo Bills faced off against his former team, the Detroit Lions, on Thursday night. (Photo: Kevin Hoffman — USA Today Sports)

BBD Editor: Dan Hope

The final week of the preseason is rarely exciting, but the Buffalo Bills’ preseason finale gave plenty of reasons for fans of the team to be discouraged going into the regular season. Despite playing starters on both offense and defense in the first quarter, the Bills lost, 23-0, to finish the preseason with a 1-4 record.

The score and record will be long forgotten when the Bills play their regular-season opener 10 days from Thursday, but they certainly didn’t want to end the exhibition season by being shut out.

The story of the Bills’ struggles throughout the month of August was the first-team offense’s inability to put together even one touchdown drive against a starting defense. Manuel and the group around him continued to struggle Thursday, and have to play much better for the Bills to stand any chance in their regular season opener versus the Chicago Bears.

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The Buffalo Bills Release Alan Branch

Sunday, August 24th, 2014
A contract extension signed Monday ensured Alan Branch's first season on the Buffalo Bills defensive line will not be his last. (Photo: Kevin Hoffman — USA Today Sports)

Alan Branch was released by the Buffalo Bills. (Photo: Kevin Hoffman — USA Today Sports)

BBD Assistant Editor: Ryan Talbot

The Buffalo Bills have released defensive tackle Alan Branch.

Branch was arrested Saturday morning and charged with a DWI after police saw him vomiting out of the driver side door of his car. He failed a sobriety test and had a blood-alcohol content of .14. Branch was inactive from yesterday’s game against the Buccaneers and wasn’t on the sidelines during the game.

Branch had signed a three-year extension on December 23rd to remain with the Bills. He was a strong fit in Mike Pettine’s defense, but didn’t fit as well into Jim Schwartz’s defense.

This season, Branch didn’t endear himself to his new defensive coaches. Branch did not report to voluntary OTAs. At the time, Doug Marrone said he had not heard from Branch or Manny Lawson, another veteran who did not report.

I haven’t talked to them. It’s voluntary. We all know that,” coach Doug Marrone said. “I tend to not worry about the things that I can’t control, and obviously I can’t control that.

When Branch reported to training camp, he was placed on the non-football illness list after failing his conditioning test. With Branch off the field, players such as Corbin Bryant, Stefan Charles and Landon Cohen gained valuable reps. In the preseason, all three performed well and Branch was pushed further and further down the depth chart.

In the team’s third preseason game against the Steelers, Branch didn’t enter the game until late in the second half. Speculation began that Branch was at risk of being released. His DWI was most certainly the final nail in the coffin.

 


2014 NFL Preseason Week 3: Live Analysis of Buffalo Bills vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Saturday, August 23rd, 2014
EJ Manuel only has two more opportunities to win his first road game in 2013. Today's game against Jacksonville may be his best chance. (Photo: Kim Klement — USA Today Sports)

EJ Manuel struggled against the Buccaneers in 2013. (Photo: Kim Klement — USA Today Sports)

BBD Assistant Editor: Ryan Talbot

BBD Editor: Dan Hope

The Buffalo Bills played better on both sides of the ball in the second half, but they were unable to recover from a 24-0 first half, and lost, 27-14, to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in their fourth game of the preseason. With one more exhibition to go, the Bills hold a 1-3 record.

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